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Introduction to White Water

Duration (including white water activity): 2 hours

Standard Price is $42 per student. Subsidised price of $21 per student available by applying to the Second Nature Charitable Trust.

Before hitting the water, students gather for a moving water safety briefing. The interactive session includes questions and answers time, to build confidence and understanding of the activity. This is also a time to learn terminologies, rescue techniques and safety guidelines.

Next it’s time to gear up in wetsuits, life jackets and helmets, while learning about the importance of safety gear and ensuring it fits correctly. All equipment is safety checked by qualified outdoor educationalists. Students also take responsibility for safety checks with their buddy.

The students will then proceed to the water with their guides for one hour. All introductory white water activities will be held at the Tamariki River, Wero’s grade two course.

Standard Price is $42 per student. Schools may avail of the subsidised price of $21 per student by applying to the Second Nature Charitable Trust. School booking has a minimum requirement of 28 students per booking. Smaller groups may be accepted if they are willing to join other groups and schools.

Adult to student ratio is 1:7. Adults do not need to participate in the water activity but are welcome to do so at the full or subsidised rate per person (if applicable).

Wero Whitewater Park also accepts full river course hire and block bookings at subsidised school rates and is also open to co-develop other moving water, rafting or kayaking programmes with schools to suit their curriculum requirements

There are three white water activities below for schools to choose from. Each activity includes the safety briefing and needs to be booked separately. 

For inquiries and bookings, email

Wero Tahi

River Safety and Crossings (Suitable for Yrs 9-13)
Buddy up with classmates and learn how to safely cross a turbulent white water river. Guides teach students how to assess the situation, develop a plan and succeed in an unfamiliar situation. Several river crossing techniques are taught and students can test the best solution in different scenarios. There is an opportunity to swim the river to experience the power of moving water and to learn how to safely exit a river.

Wero Rua

Flat Water and Kayak Paddle (Suitable for Yrs 9-13)
Students cruise onto the 9,000 sqm lake where they participate in activities to learn the basics of manoeuvring their kayak and to build confidence and test their limits in a flat water situation. The students then get the opportunity to kayak down to the Tamariki River.

Wero Toru

Rafting (Suitable for Yrs 7-13) 
Team work is the name of the game with students launching onto the 9,000 sqm lake in a guided eight-person raft. Once they learn to paddle in unison, dig in and control the inflatable craft, they then head on to the Tamariki River to raft down the river course, swim down the river, and perform a river crossing as a group. A bit risky but safe enough to teach assessment and problem-solving life skills.